Sol Duc Valley in Olympic National Park

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Bridge over Sol Duc Waterfall on Olympic National Park. Photo by Justin Bailie

Bridge over Sol Duc Waterfall on Olympic National Park

If the beauty of the Sol Duc River running through old-growth forest wasn't enough of a reason to visit the valley, there's a hot springs resort, a three-legged waterfall, and a platform built for the sole purpose of watching salmon.

Along the Sol Duc River twelve miles down Sol Duc Road, you'll find healing waters of hot springs. Native American legend tells how the springs were created by dragons.

Today, the Hot Springs Resort is best known for its soaking pools, hot tubs, and a swimming pool that are heated with the hot springs. The resort is situated in a valley carved by the Sol Duc River.

Called the most beautiful falls in Olympic, and situated just a few miles from Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and Campground, Sol Duc Falls is a treasure year-round. Unlike other falls on the Peninsula, you view it from above on the brink. In the autumn rainy season and early spring runoff this falls can be spectacular as it booms beneath your feet.

Down the road, watch salmon at the Cascades Overlook on the Sol Duc River in late summer and fall as they swim upstream to spawn.

The Sol Duc Valley is located in the northwest region of Olympic National Park. Just 40 minutes west of Port Angeles, turn off Highway 101 onto the Sol Duc Road. Sol Duc Road is open year-round weather permitting.

Map of Sol Duc Valley in Olympic National Park.


Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park

Visitor Centers in Olympic National Park

There are three visitor centers and multiple ranger stations in Olympic National Park. See exhibits and learn about the park.

General locations of ferries to Olympic National Park

Where is Olympic National Park?

This park is in the northwest corner of the United States in Washington state on the Olympic Peninsula. It contains Pacific Ocean beaches and mountains.

Park visitors get advice, permits, bear cans and maps from rangers at the Port Angeles Visitor Center near the Hurricane Ridge Entrance Station

Olympic National Park Entrances

Accessed via US 101, which circles the peninsula, Olympic National Park has many entry points. Here are the six most popular.

Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park

Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park

This strikingly blue, deep (624 feet) lake sits in the forest 18 miles west of Port Angeles.

Hiking to Sunrise Point on the High Ridge Trail at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Located at 5,242 feet in the park’s northeast corner, Hurricane Ridge is accessible by car and the quickest way to reach Olympic’s alpine zone.

Sea stacks on Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park

Pacific Coast in Olympic National Park

The park’s wild coastline features both easy-access beaches and remote wilderness. Camp on the beaches year-round.

Cross-country skiing on Hurricane Ridge. Photo by NPS

Winter in Olympic National Park

The park is open 24-hours year round. Some roads, campgrounds and other facilities close during the winter season, but the park itself is always open!

Viewing platform over the Salmon Cascades along the Sol Duc River

Watch Salmon Swim Upstream in Olympic National Park

Watch salmon ascend the Sol Duc River in late summer and fall at this roadside overlook in the Sol Valley.

The Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park

4 Rainforests of Olympic National Park

The west-side area of this national park is one of the best places in the world to see a temperate rainforest ecosystem.